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FTP-FTAM Gateway Specification
RFC 1415

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Network Working Group                                          J. Mindel
Request for Comments: 1415                                     R. Slaski
                                                     Open Networks, Inc.
                                                            January 1993

                     FTP-FTAM Gateway Specification

Status of the Memo

   This RFC specifies an IAB standards track protocol for the Internet
   community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.
   Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol
   Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

   This memo describes a dual protocol stack application layer gateway
   that performs protocol translation, in an interactive environment,
   between the FTP and FTAM file transfer protocols.

   Two key assumptions are made:  1) POSIX file naming conventions and
   hierarchical organization, rather than proprietary conventions are in
   use; and 2) X.500 Directory Services are available.

Acknowledgments

   The authors of this RFC would like to express their appreciation to
   the individuals and organizations that participated in the
   implementation of the FTP-FTAM Application Layer Gateway and its
   fielding on the MILNET.  Implementation credits go to Mr. John Scott,
   formerly of the MITRE Corporation, while fielding credits are
   extended to James Graham and R. Greg Lavender of Open Networks, Inc.
   (formerly NetWorks One) and Robert Cooney of the Naval Computer and
   Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Washington.  Dr. Marshall Rose is
   to be commended for recognizing the importance of the FTP-FTAM
   gateway and promulgating it as a part of the ISO Development
   Environment (ISODE).   The following individuals have provided
   valuable editorial comments:  Larry Friedman, Donna Vincent and
   Michael Resnick of Digital Equipment Corporation; Robert Cooney of
   NCTS; and S.E. Hardcastle-Kille of University College London. Funding
   of the FTP-FTAM Gateway Request for Comments effort was provided by
   Open Networks Inc. and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA),
   formerly the Defense Communications Agency.  DISA sponsors include
   Len Tabacchi, George Bradshaw, Tom Clarke, and Betsy Turner.

Mindel & Slaski                                                 [Page 1]
RFC 1415             FTP-FTAM Gateway Specification         January 1993

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction..................................................2
   1.1.   Relationship to Other Work ................................3
   1.2.   Overview of Gateway Operation .............................4
   2.  Gateway Architecture..........................................6
   3.  Network Naming and Addressing.................................8
   4.  Use of the Gateway Services...................................9
   4.1.   FTP-Initiated Gateway Service .............................9
   4.2.   FTAM-Initiated Gateway Service ...........................11
   4.3.   Summary of Usage .........................................12
   5.  Gateway State Variables and Transitions......................13
   5.1.   FTP-Initiated Gateway Service ............................14
   5.2.   FTAM-Initiated Gateway Service ...........................16
   6.  Document Type Support........................................18
   6.1.   Notes on NBS-9 ...........................................18
   7.  Functional Comparison of FTP and FTAM........................19
   7.1.   Loss of Functionality ....................................20
   8. Mapping of Protocol Functions and Representations.............20
   8.1.  FTP-Initiated Gateway Service .............................22
   8.2.  FTAM-Initiated Gateway Service ............................38
   9. Mapping between FTP Reply Codes and FTAM Parameters...........47
   9.1.  FTP Reply Codes to FTAM Parameters ........................48
   9.2.  FTAM Parameters to FTP Reply Codes ........................50
   9.3.  Future Mapping Problem ....................................54
   9.4.  Error Handling ............................................54
   10. Implementation and Configuration Guidelines..................54
   10.1.  Robustness ...............................................54
   10.2.  Well-Known TCP/IP Port ...................................55
   10.3.  Gateway Listener Processes ...............................55
   10.4.  Implementation Testing ...................................55
   10.5.  POSIX File Naming and Organization .......................55
   11. Security Considerations......................................55
   12. References...................................................56
   13. Authors' Addresses...........................................58

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